consecrate

consecrate
consecrate VERB 1) make or declare sacred. 2) ordain to a sacred office, typically that of bishop. 3) (in Christian belief) make (bread or wine) into the body and blood of Christ.
DERIVATIVES consecration noun.
ORIGIN Latin consecrare 'dedicate, devote as sacred' .

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  • Consecrate — Con se*crate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Consecrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Consecrating}.] 1. To make, or declare to be, sacred; to appropriate to sacred uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service or worship of God; as, to consecrate a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Consecrate — Con se*crate, a. [L. consceratus, p. p. of conscerare to conscerate; con + sacrare to consecrate, sacer sacred. See {Sacred}.] Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred. [1913 Webster] They were assembled in that consecrate place. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consecrate — [kän′si krāt΄] vt. consecrated, consecrating [ME consecraten < L consecratus, pp. of consecrare < com , together + sacrare: see SACRED] 1. a) to set apart as holy; make or declare sacred for religious use b) to make (someone) a bishop,… …   English World dictionary

  • consecrate — index dedicate, devote, elevate, honor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • consecrate — (v.) late 14c., from L. consecratus, pp. of consecrare to make holy, devote, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + sacrare (see SACRED (Cf. sacred)). Related: Consecrated; consecrating …   Etymology dictionary

  • consecrate — hallow, dedicate, *devote Contrasted words: desecrate, profane (see corresponding nouns at PROFANATION): defile, pollute (see CONTAMINATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • consecrate — [v] hold in high religious regard anoint, beatify, bless, dedicate, devote, exalt, hallow, honor, ordain, sanctify, set apart, venerate; concepts 69,367 Ant. deprecate …   New thesaurus

  • consecrate — v. 1) (d; tr.) to consecrate to (she consecrated her life to helping the poor) 2) (N; used with a noun) he was consecrated archbishop * * * [ kɒnsɪkreɪt] (N; used with a noun) he was consecrated archbishop (d; tr.) to consecrate to (she… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • consecrate — UK [ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt] / US [ˈkɑnsəˌkreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms consecrate : present tense I/you/we/they consecrate he/she/it consecrates present participle consecrating past tense consecrated past participle consecrated 1) to perform a… …   English dictionary

  • consecrate — I. adjective Date: 14th century dedicated to a sacred purpose II. transitive verb ( crated; crating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare, from com + sacrare to consecrate more at sacred Date: 14th… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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